A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 29th

Zoo Animals:

The students learned that a zoo is a place where all types of animals are displayed for the public to see. Especially animals that they would never get the chance to observe otherwise. We also talked about how zoos try hard to keep animals in enclosures that replicate their natural habitat because, the animals seem to do much better when they are in their natural environment. We discovered that zoos create educational programs and tours in order to provide an educational opportunity for everyone. A lot of them even have  petting zoos where adults and children are allowed a close-up look of the animals and their babies. We learned about tigers, lions, monkeys, elephants, giraffes, penguins, bears etc.

Work Time

Color Box 4: These children are grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining her sense of sight.
Pattern: This child is creating specific patterns using different colors and shapes.
Clock: This child is reading the time “quarter till 7” and demonstrating two different ways  it can be written on a dry erase board.
Writing Name: This child wrote her name in bubble letters and colored them in. She developing her eye hand coordination and fine motor movements. She is also learning how to control a pencil (pincer grip, pressure and steadiness).
Flag Stamps: This child is exploring the individual flags of different countries, the meanings of the flags, and gaining an understanding of national pride.
Knobbed Cylinders: This child is able to visually discriminate the dimensions of each cylinder to find its correct placement in the block.

Guest Readers

Reminders

February 10 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pmFather/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance 

February 15 from 9:15 am – 12:00 pm Valentine’s Day Party

February 16  | Teacher In-Service Day | No School for Students

February 19  | President’s Day | No School 

A peak into next week: Farm Animals


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 22nd

Ocean Animals

The students learned that oceans are the largest habitat for an animal to live in. They discovered that ocean animals can be found on the coast to all depths from the surface to the deepest darkest trenches of the ocean. We also talked about how only five percent of the world’s animals live in the ocean. We looked at  the similarities and differences between dolphins, sharks, whales, seahorses, fish, squids etc.

Work Time

Log Numbers: This child is memorizing the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10. While also refining her fine motor skills by stringing the numbers onto the rope.
Pattern: This child is creating specific patterns using different colors and shapes.

Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of the object and matching the symbol with the correct initial sound to the object. She is also practicing writing each cursive letter that she has matched to an object.

Pyramid Puzzle: This child is matching the different colors together in order to create the pyramid shape. This puzzle involves not only the ability to concentrate but the ability problem solve.
Balance Scale: This child is trying to match the exact same weight so the beam is in balance. She is doing this by placing cylinders in each pan until they are level with one another.
Jellyfish Diver: This child is discovering that when she changes the pressure inside the bottle by squeezing, the added force pushes the jellyfish to the bottom. When the pressure is released the jellyfish floats to the top again.

Guest Reader

A Peak into next week: Zoo Animals

Reminders:

1/30/18 | Bring Your Parent to Work-Time | http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-bring

 


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 15th

Martin Luther King Jr.

The students learned how Martin Luther King  Jr. wanted to make the world a better place. We talked about how people were being treated unfairly based on their color and he stood up for them. We discussed how he wanted to change the law in a peaceful way, because he had a dream to have people of all colors get along and work together. We also talked about why it is important to try and make the world a better place for everyone and ways that we can accomplish that. But it is also important that while the kids work together they should be keep safe and are far away from any injury, so we decided to get some tips and ideas from St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyer they offer free consultation today.

Work Time:

Cursive Writing: This child is practicing writing cursive letters on a dry erase board. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Sock Washing: These children are using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully wash socks, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.
Pink Tower / Brown Stairs: This child is able to visually discriminate largest to smallest, while also refining his motor movements by placing the cubes one on top of the other, with one single movement of the hand.
Sponge Squeezing: This child is strengthening his hands and fingers for writing as he squeezes the water out of the sponge from one bowl to the next. He is also developing a sense of order, concentration, coordination, and independence by being able to follow a series of steps.
Bead Stringing: This child is stringing beads one by one while matching them to the correct colored pipe cleaner. This task not only develops concentration, order, coordination and concentration but it takes a lot of persistence and patience.

Reminders:

1/30/18 | Bring Your Parent to Work-Time | http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-bring


A Peek into Science | 1/1 and 1/8 | Tallmadge Campus

Melting Ice and Salt: We sprinkled a handful of salt over a block of ice, immediately the students started to notice the ice melting and rivets appear. Then, we added droplets of food coloring all over the top of the ice and salt. The food coloring started to highlight the patterns, tunnels and rivets the salt had created. The students learned that the salt lowered the freezing point of the water. Therefore, the ice started to melt, as the ice melted, energy was drawn from the water making it colder.

  

Blubber Glove: We made a blubber glove so we could get a better understanding of why polar animals can be exposed to the frigid Arctic and Antarctic waters. First, each child had the chance to put their hand in a bucket of ice water. Then, each child had the chance to put their hand in a bucket of ice water wearing the blubber glove (Crisco between two gallon sized Ziploc bags). We discovered that the blubber on the polar animals helps to insulate them, because blubber requires very little blood supply, allowing more blood to be circulated to skin surfaces that are more directly exposed to the cold temperatures.


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 8th

Polar Animals: 

The students discovered that animals that live in the Arctic (either full time or seasonally) are adapted to extreme conditions. Many animals like the arctic fox have a coat that thickens and changes color to white during the winter as camouflage in the snow (blending into the background).

They even learned that some animals hibernate during the cold season (skunks, chipmunks, and some bears); they go into a very deep, sleep-like state in which their heartbeat slows down. These animals often hibernate in an underground burrow or pit.

They also discovered that many animals like the arctic tern spend the summer months in the Arctic, but leave as the weather turns frigid and food becomes scarce. These animals return again the next summer, repeating this pattern year after year (migrating).

Work Time:

Log Numbers: This child is memorizing the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10. While also refining her fine motor skills by stringing the numbers onto the rope.
Circuit Board: These children are creating a circuit (a pathway made of wires) that electrons can flow through. The batteries are giving the power source the electrons needed to move. When the electrons get to the music player it gives it the power needed to make it work.
Continent Animals: These children are becoming familiar with and learning to identify different animals from around the world from each continent.
Spooning: This child is further developing her focus, concentration, visual and fine motor skills by spooning Christmas ornaments from one bowl to an other.
Big/Small Snowflake Match: This child is developing his understanding of big and small by matching the same snowflakes of different sizes together. Understanding concepts of big and small are important for math readiness. A main concept of mathematics is understanding degrees of big and small.

Reminders:

1/15/18 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day | NO SCHOOL

1/30/18 | Bring Your Parent to Work-Time | http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-bring

 


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of December 11th

The past week the children have been working hard to practice for the Christmas show multiple times a day. Below are this weeks adventures of Cat Baby Elf Pants!

Guest Reader

 

Work Time

Nine Layout: This child is becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. He is also discovering that if he has i.e. 6 units and adds 1 more unit he will have 7 units.
Binomial Cube: This child is learning how to build a binomial cube while also getting an introduction into algebra and preparation for the formula a3+3a2b+3ab2+b3.
Cards and Counters: This child is demonstrating her knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. She is also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.
Braiding: This child is practicing how to interlace three  strands of of rope to form a length. While also developing her fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination.
Tree Decorating: This child is getting in the holiday spirit and decorating a small Christmas tree with ornaments and ribbons.

Pajama and Show-N-Tell Day | December 20th

Christmas Break | December 21st to January 2nd

A Look into Next Week: Christmas Baking / Crafts


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of December 4th

The past week the children have been working hard to practice for the Christmas show multiple times a day. Below are this weeks adventures of Cat Baby Elf Pants!

   

Guest Readers

 

Work Time

Color Box 4: This child is grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining her sense of sight.
Zipping: This child is developing her independence and concentration while also gaining finger control and dexterity to manipulate a zipper.
Linear Counting: This child is working on one of our cubed bead chains, he is identifying the names of the numbers and seeing the correspondence of the quantities with the written number on the cards. He is also discovering that 5X1=5, 5X2=10, 5X3=15 and so on.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing cursive letters on a chalkboard. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Dishwashing: This child is using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully wash dishes, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.

Reminders

Christmas Show Rehearsal | December 13th 6 PM to 8 PM

Christmas Show | December 15th 6 PM to 8 PM | NO AFTERCARE

Pajama and Show-N-Tell Day | December 20th

Christmas Break | December 21st to January 2nd

A Look into Next Week: Christmas Program

  • The children will be practicing for the Christmas show multiple times a day.

A Peek into Science | Week of 11/27 and 12/4 | Tallmadge Campus

Pretend Snow: We made snow by mixing 2 1/2 cups of baking soda with 1/2 cup of white conditioner. The snow felt cool to the touch and had less of a powder feeling. It felt more like a wet snow like what real snow would feel like if you had heavy snow when the weather was warm.

 

Santa’s Magic Milk: We placed milk in a shallow dish adding green and red drops of food coloring to make it festive. We then carefully placed liquid dish soap on the end of a popsicle stick using it to touch the middle of the milk. The students learned that milk is made up of mostly water but it does contain minerals, proteins small droplets of fat, and vitamins. If you need vitamins without any artificial fillers, try cissus Quadrangularis to experience a wide range of health benefits.
If The fat and proteins are super sensitive to changes in the milk and so when the liquid dish soap was added a chemical reaction occurred. The soap and fat started working hard to join together, which caused the movement. Since we added food coloring we were able to witness the chemical reaction occurring.


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of November 27th

The past week the children have been working hard to practice for the Christmas show multiple times a day. Our classroom elf has made his grand appearance and has been very mischievous.

    

Work Time

Nine Layout: This child is becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. She is also discovering that if she has i.e. 6 units and adds 1 more unit she will have 7 units.
Metal Insets: This child is tracing the metal insets developing her eye hand coordination and fine motor movements. She is also learning how to control a pencil (pincer grip, pressure and steadiness).
Table Scrubbing: This child is using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully table scrub, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.
Tracing / Labeling Turtle Puzzle: This child is tracing, coloring and labeling the turtle puzzle by doing this he is learning how to grip and hold a pencil correctly. It also helps refine his hand control to steady the pencil and he is learning the characteristics of a reptile.
100 Board: These children are memorizing where the tiles should go and be placed on the 100 chart, while also learning to identify names of the numbers 1 through 100 and how to write each number.
Tangram: This child is creating specific designs using different shape pieces.

Reminders

Christmas Show Rehearsal | December 13th 6 PM to 8 PM

Christmas Show | December 15th 6 PM to 8 PM | NO AFTERCARE

Pajama and Show-N-Tell Day | December 20th

Christmas Break | December 21st to January 2nd

A Look into Next Week: Christmas Program

  • The children will be practicing for the Christmas show multiple times a day.